In Their Own Words: Howard Young
The V Foundation is successful thanks to the contributions of many: donors, corporate partners, our incredible Board and Scientific Advisory Committee and the amazing researchers to whom we award grants. With “In Their Own Words,” we sit down with key members of our team to learn more about their commitment to the V Foundation and their personal desire to put an end to cancer. In this edition, we chat with Howard Young, President of the General Wholesale Beer Company, an incredible supporter of Constellation Brands Beer’s “You Love the Game … Now Join the Fight” program, and a cancer survivor.
The V Foundation: How has cancer affected you personally?
Howard Young: I’m a 14-year survivor of Stage IV pancreatic cancer, so I’ve been touched personally by it and committed to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. I believe, in the process, through molecular profiling, that it’s going to be like dominoes falling over in a chain, curing multiple types of cancer.
TVF: Why is Constellation’s March initiative so important to you and your company?
HY: Constellation is a key business partner of our company, and they are putting their energy and their efforts into a cause that is near and dear to my heart. So, it’s a perfect marriage of business and personal interests. Cancer has touched so many people and we want to make a difference and want to do the right thing. It’s a very positive opportunity for us to work together in this effort.
TVF: How does your distributor work to raise money for this program?
HY: We go to where our consumers are and we tell them the story of the V Foundation. We share the great work being done and we encourage our consumers to join the fight and help us find cures for cancer. It’s done in a tasteful, proactive way to say “Hey, we are engaged in this fight and we’d like you to join us.” So we raise the awareness, which is crucial, and we help raise funds, which is even more important.
TVF: What’s the most satisfying part of this partnership to you personally?
HY: To see the extremely talented team on your Scientific Advisory Committee, these brilliant people, are using their valuable time to ensure that every penny is used in the best possible manner to find cures to various cancers. They are placing these grants with the most promising investigators so that real tangible results can be achieved.
TVF: What does a victory over cancer look like to you?
HY: A cure. It means a life. It means anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, children & grandchildren for me and everyone who has been affected by this disease.